This weekend saw the return of Science Barcamp Cambridge SciBarCamb – an unconference in Cambridge, UK for scientists and technologists, taking place on the Friday 20th April and all day on Saturday 21st. The goal of the event is to create connections between people who have a lot in common, but don’t work in the same field and may not meet each other otherwise.
This year’s meeting was organised by Eva Amsen, Michelle Brook, Taylor Burns, Maria Cruz, Dan Hagon, Jonathan Lawson, Matt Wood and Lou Woodley. Many thanks to the sponsors, Science, nature.com, Digital Science and Eagle Genomics.
SciBarCamp meetings have been held since 2008 in the US, Canada, Austria, and right here in Cambridge. They have attracted researchers, science communicators, entrepreneurs, artists, media professionals, librarians and scientific publishers. To find out more, read this report of the very first SciBarCamp event in Toronto, check out some photos of last year’s SciBarCamb, hear what people said about us on Twitter and read what co-organiser Eva Amsen has to say.
What is an unconference?
Unlike regular conferences, SciBarCamb does not have a predefined programme. It is an “unconference” – an event where the participants fill the schedule on the opening night, with topics they want to discuss and talks they want to present. All attendees are encouraged to present, give a demo, or otherwise participate and on Friday night attendees gathered at a local pub, Baroosh, to decide on the next day’s programme. After a fun ice-breaking game, lots of nice food and a few cold beverages the schedule for the next day was made!
#SciBarCamb In the pub!
Below you can find A Storify for the following Saturday morning sessions:
- The African Science Truck Experience – TASTE (Chamber) at SciBarCamb | Lanyrd
- Cultured (in vitro) meat at the table (Societies room)
You can also read what everyone was saying on Twitter, so check out the #SciBarCamb hashtag and stay tuned for more Storifys and blog posts about the event.